FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 6, 2013
Statement attributable to AOA Immediate Past President Martin Levine, DO
(Washington, D.C.) – The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the more than 100,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students we represent, applauds the “Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act,” introduced today by Representatives Allyson Schwartz (D-PA-13) and Joe Heck, DO (R-NV-03). This legislation would ensure continued access to care for our nation’s Medicare beneficiaries and create a clear path toward comprehensive payment reform.
This legislation moves away from the challenges of the past decade and toward a Medicare payment system that promotes the highest levels of access, quality and efficiency. By permanently repealing the systemically flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and providing stabilization of the current payment system through positive updates for all physicians, this legislation sets a prudent course toward comprehensive payment reform.
The “Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act” is a uniquely well-thought bipartisan solution that has won stakeholder support and buy-in for its use of innovation, trial and evaluation to provide new payment and delivery models in Medicare. We firmly believe that this legislation is the optimal vehicle to move the conversation of payment reform from ‘how can we do this’ to ‘we now have a framework to fix a broken payment system that makes sense to get us there.’
The AOA recognizes that health care is provided effectively in a variety of settings by dedicated physicians; however, a single payment model for all physician services is not appropriate. Instead, Medicare can use a variety of payment models that are acutely focused on the various types of care and settings in which care is provided to foster innovation and secure higher quality outcomes for beneficiaries, while being fiscally responsible to the program as a whole.
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